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MSNBC
Dec 29, 2012 1:00pm PST
president obama say on friday that he is modestly optimist optimistic, which suggests he is not completely optimistic. i am told that staffers have been in contact with the staffers on the hill. they are monitoring the negotiations and as you heard luke said, that matches the reporting that i've been doing, there's not the same level of confidence coming out of the hill that we saw yesterday when congressional leaders left the white house. for president obama's part, he is using his bully pulpit to try pressure lawmakers to act. he sat down with david gregory today, and that will appear on "meet the press" tomorrow. he came out with certain words for lawmakers in terms of getting something done before the all important january 1st deadline. take a listen. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get something done in an organized timetable. why everything has to always wait to the last minute. now we are at the last minute.
MSNBC
Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
president obama nominated senator john kerry for secretary of state putting into place the first new member of his new national security team for the second term. kerry will be the first bit of smooth sailing for the administration nomination-wise after susan rice and more recently chuck haguele. who was leaked by the white house as a possible nominee for secretary of defense and now subjected to fierce prenomination attacks from conservative columnists, anonymous republican staffers to name a few. they want to take down hagel in a statement saying, quote, send us hagel and we will make sure every american knows he's an anti-semite. much of the campaign focused against him is on his jewish lobby during a 2008 interview with former peace negotiator aaron david miller who joins us in a moment. >> the political reality is that you intimidate a lot, not you, but the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. and, yeah, i've always argued against some of the dumb things they do because i don't think it's in the interest of israel, i just don't think it's smart for israel. now, ever
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
bling block is number one, what is the fresh hold be for the tax income? $250,000 which obama originally proposed? $400,000 which he supposedly offered in a revised offer a week ago? and then, of course, the status of the sequester. we have $1.2 trillion in cuts over ten years, half from defense and half from nondefense discretionary spending. is there any indication if there's a deal today what they're talking about in terms of those two issues? >> we're reading tea leaves but we can say that on saturday there were the most senior-level staffers who were doing the nitty-gritty negotiations. we're told paper was exchanged back and forth meaning proposals being outlined and going back and forth with details. we're told the sticking points we'lly do center around that income threshold. where would you set a new tax level awhich everyone would pay higher taxes? how much income could you protect for the majority of americans? 250 is the number the president started with. as you point out he had withdrawn his earlier offer of $400,000 as the income threshold and ali al haidaris say
MSNBC
Dec 23, 2012 5:00am PST
president obama. to cut social security benefits. the cuts wouldn't have been direct. they would have come from a tweak to the way the social security benefits are calculated. here's how it works. right now the amount of money a retireee gets from the government gets is changed due to the index. when inflakes goes up, social security recipients see their payments go up the same amount to keep up with the cost of living. obama proposes switching to "chained cpi. "the name is opaque but the name is simple. the chained cpi rises more slow lie than regular cpi. if you yoois chain cpi to calculate social security benefits the amounts of the social security checks will rise more slowly, as well, against inflation. for about two days, this major concession opposed by many progressive lawmakers seemed close to becoming law until jeanne boehner walked away from the deal and tried to yankee laterally pass his own bill which he called, somewhat weirdly, plan b, to raise taxes on over 100 million and suspend all leeming cuts. that plan blew up in boehner's face, however, when he couldn't get enou
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
make a deal. this morning in an exclusive interview president obama said compromise will be a key to making a deal. >> it is very important for republicans in congress to be willing to say we understand we are not going to get 100%. we are willing to compromise in a serious way. >> senate leaders hoped to send a plan right about now. the talks have broken down. listen to what senate leader said on the floor a short while ago. >> now, i'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. i think we all know we are running out of time. this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. i am interested in getting a result here. >> we have been trying to come up with some counteroffer to my friends' proposal. we have been unable to do that. i had have had a conversation with the president and that this stage we are not able to make a counteroffer. >> what happens now? with us is cello o'donnell and kristen welker. >> we are sort of at a pause point. if you are looking at the tone
MSNBC
Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
obama has insisted it won't be enough to cover the downturn and the economy needs fundamental reform and invention. >> i know that we'll have to overcome our doubts and our divisions and we're going to have to overcome a determined opposition of powerful special interests before we can truly reform a broken economy and advanced opportunity. >> if we take seriously the idea of emerging from the great crisis into a radically new economy, be there are core questions about what that economy will look like that almost no one in our political class is asking. what is the proper role of finance, a sector that accounted for an astounding report of corporate profits. do we want one of made of distributed enterprises with new business and business model. in other words, if we were creating a new economy for the future from scratch, one that was prosperous, what would it look like. i'm really happy to have you big thinkers here to talk about this. the first one i want to talk about is work. we had some interesting information on contingent work. this is from back in mid-last decade. 30% of the
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